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Animal Control Deputy

Full Time

Macomb County


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Job Details

Job Code: 107231891

Industry: Service

$44,040.80 - $56,963.10

Pay Type: salary

high school

Education Level

entry level

Job Level

Feb 10, 2023

Closing Date

Job Characteristics

macomb county municipal

Job Description



As part of our total benefit package, Macomb County proudly offers medical, dental, and vision coverage, with no monthly premium to employees for single, two (2) person or family coverage. Health care, dental and vision benefits are effective the first day of employment.

To learn more about Macomb County benefit offerings click here.

DEPARTMENT: Animal Control


FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: Just cause subject to probationary period

CURRENT HOURS AND STARTING TIME: Full-time (40 hours per week) position. The starting time for this position is currently 8:00 am but may change based on the needs of the facility.


The Animal Control Division is seeking candidates that strive to enrich our team orientated department and high caliber of Officers. Animal Control Officers are responsible for protecting the health and safety of our residents, and protecting animals and promoting their humane treatment. Animal Control Officers have a commitment to Public Education on responsible pet ownership. The position requires a high degree of independent judgement and decision making to prioritize assignments and activities while out in the field. Animal Control Officers have the ability to work with many different animals, such as domestic and wild animals including but not limited to dogs, cats, pocket pets, horses, livestock, raccoons, skunks, waterfowl and birds of prey. Animal Control Officers should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be self-motivated, and a team player.



Enforces local, state, and federal laws and ordinances concerning the care, treatment, selling, licensing and impounding of animals.

Patrols assigned County areas for stray animals and disposes of deceased animals.

Investigates animal bites, cruelty and other complaints and issues citations, warnings and warrants.

Prepares investigative reports that may be introduced as legal court evidence.

Appears for scheduled court dates and testifies regarding civil infractions, misdemeanors and felony charges.

Identifies impounded animals and prepares daily impounding slips.

Performs humane euthanasia and prepares animals for rabies testing.

Provides care for animals according to established schedules and procedures.

Maintains logs and activity reports on a daily basis.

Operates an assigned County vehicle to perform assigned duties.

Performs inspections of kennels, horseback riding stables and pet stores.

Transports animals for veterinary procedures.

Handles various types of animals including but not limited to domestic, wild, farm and livestock animals that are living or deceased.

Assists the public, in the field and at the Animal Control facility, with questions regarding animal care, laws, ordinances and regulations.

Sanitizes and maintains animal cages, kennels, pens and yards and reports any problems.

Inspects and sanitizes department vehicles and equipment daily and reports any problems.

Required to travel to attend mandatory training, conferences or other events.

Required to participate in on-call rotation as directed.

Works mandatory overtime as directed, including weekends and holidays.

Works a flexible schedule as determined by operation demands.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or a certificate of successful completion of the General Educational Development Test

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and an operable insured automobile for authorized travel
  • Obtain certification by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as an Animal Control Officer within six-month probationary period
  • Obtain certification in performing euthanasia and tranquilization techniques within the six-month probationary period
  • As a condition of hire, certification in Level 1 and Level 2 from the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) must be successfully completed within eighteen months from the date of hire

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Three or more years of animal control experience



Knowledge of:

  • Animal health and well-being
  • Law enforcement techniques, principles and practices
  • Local, state and federal animal laws and of court procedures
  • Handling and caring for animals
  • Animal euthanasia methods
  • Tranquilization medications, methods and techniques

Skill in:

  • Physical agility and stamina
  • Active Listening
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Service orientation
  • Speaking

Ability to:

  • Determine breeds, species, sex and age of animals
  • Recognize signs of animal illness, neglect, abuse and cruelty.
  • Restrain and capture animals and the ability to interpret animal body language.
  • Comply with laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and follow orders of superior officers.
  • Maintain composure under stressful situations.
  • Adapt behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions or unexpected situations
  • Effectively speak, write and understand the English language
  • Effectively speak, write and understand a language other than English is preferred
  • Understand and carry out oral and/or written instructions
  • Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information
  • Work independently


  • The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

N/S=Never/Seldom   O=Occasionally   F/C= Frequently/Continuously

Office or similar indoor environment   X  
Outdoor environment     X
Street environment (near moving traffic)     X
Construction site X    
Confined space X    
Individuals who are hostile or irate   X  
Individuals with known violent backgrounds X    
Extreme heat (above 100 degrees) X
Extreme cold (below 32 degrees) X    
Exposures N/S O F/C
Communicable diseases X    
Moving mechanical parts X    
Fumes or airborne particles   X  
Toxic or caustic chemicals, substances or waste   X  
Loud noises (85+ decibels)  X    
Blood Borne Pathogens   X  


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

N/S=Never/Seldom   O=Occasionally   F/C= Frequently/Continuously

Demand Frequency Description
Physical N/S O F/C  
Balancing   X   On even or uneven surfaces/ground
Bending   X   Tasks involve forward or backward bending at the waist
Climbing/Working at Heights   X   Tasks involve climbing up or down stairs, ladders, scaffolding and platforms
Crawling   X   Inspecting in confined spaces.  Moving about on hands and knees
Digging X     Tasks involve manual digging
Driving     X Tasks involve operating any motor powered vehicle on sealed and unsealed roads
Grasping     X Tasks involve gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands
Kneeling     X Tasks involve flexing/bending at the knees and ankles to work at low levels
Manual Dexterity     X Tasks involve fine finger movements i.e., keyboard operating, writing
Lift/Carry   X   Tasks involve raising/lowering or moving objects from one level/position to another (covered by the items below)
Up to 10 pounds      
11-24 pounds   X  
25-34 pounds   X  
35-50 pounds   X  
51-74 pounds   X  
75-99 pounds   X  
Over 100 pounds   X  
Push / Pull   X   Tasks involve pushing/pulling objects away from or towards the body
Reaching   X   Tasks involve reaching overhead with arms raised above shoulder height or forward reaching with arms extended
Sitting X     Tasks involve remaining in a seated position during the task performance
Standing   X   Tasks involve standing in an upright position without movement
Walking     X Walking considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces
Running   X   Running considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces


Complies with P.A. 390, as amended, known as the State’s Emergency Management Act and the County’s Emergency Management resolution as well as all related plans, policies and procedures covered by those statutes.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Please tell us if you require accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job.  Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment amongst other possible accommodations.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 889 bargaining unit represents this position.  Therefore, there may be contract language which could require consideration in the selection process.